God's Library

“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God and books were opened…” (Revelation 20:12).
This may sound a bit difficult to believe at first, but God is a reader. Although he knows all things (Colossians 2:3; 2 Chronicles 16:9), he owns an impressive library and pours over each volume. The Almighty is not merely a book owner, but he is an avid reader and is minutely acquainted with the text of every page of every publication within his holdings.
You may ask, “What selections can be found in God’s library?” Here is but a partial listing of the more popular works:
1. The Bible. The most fascinating book in God’s library is the one that he authored (1 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21) over a period of 1400 years. It is a perennial best-seller and has been translated into more languages and dialects than any other book ever written. Actually, it is a library in itself although it is only one book. It is sixty-six books, but it is one book in terms of its unity. It contains “the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, its decisions are immutable…It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, the Christian’s charter. In it paradise is restored, heaven opened, hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, God’s glory its end…It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, a river of pleasure…It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents. It is a book of laws, to show the right from the wrong; a book of wisdom that makes the foolish wise; a book of truth, which detects all human errors; a book of life, which shows how to avoid everlasting death. It is the most authentic and entertaining history ever published, an unequal narrative, a perfect body of divinity, a book of biography, a book of travels, the best will ever executed, the best deed ever written. It is the learned man’s masterpiece, the young man’s best companion, the school boy’s best instructor, the ignorant man’s dictionary, everybody’s directory…”
It is noteworthy that God will open this particular book at the Last Day and employ it as the standard for our judgment (John 12:48; 8:32; 17:17; Acts 17:31; Psalm 119:172; Romans 2:16). “So speak and do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12).
2. Accounting books. God’s library contains a three-volume series of books pertaining to the life-details of all the people who have ever lived, who are living, and who will ever live. “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12; cf. Matthew 12:36; 1 Peter 4:5).
Volume one records our deeds. “And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:12; cf. Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Jude 14,15; Revelation 2:23; 22:12).
Volume two records our words. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
Volume three records our secrets. “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
Each of us writes our own biographical life-history, and God acquaints himself with that which we compose (Psalm 1:6; 44:21; 94:11; Luke 16:15). “But he knows the way that I take…” (Job 23:10).
3. The book of life. This book is specifically mentioned seven times in the New Testament — once in Philippians (4:3), and six times in Revelation (3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19). It is also alluded to in other Old Testament passages (Exodus 32:32f; Psalm 69:28; Isaiah 4:3; Daniel 12:1; Malachi 3:16) and is reminiscent of the genealogical register which the Jews maintained of their fellow citizens (Nehemiah 7:5,64; 12:22, 23; Isaiah 4:3; Ezekiel 13:9). As long as one was living, his name was kept in this special record. But following his death, the individual’s name was therewith removed. In a similar way, the book of life is God’s roll of the righteous. It is a unique log of all of those who enjoy his special favor. Our names are added to this ledger when we are born into the family of God and remain there unless we reject this heritage (Revelation 3:5).
You might say that God is “book-oriented.” What about you, dear friend (Revelation 1:3)?

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